Bebo Valdes (1918-2013)
Bebo Valdes was a Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer, and arranger. He was a major musical figure during the golden age of Cuban music. Bebo led two famous big bands and was the main arranger for a band at the Tropicana Club. He began his career in the 1940s playing in the nightclubs of Havana, Cuba. He was an important figure in the Havana Cuban Jazz scene.
In 2001, Bebo Valdes and his trio recorded an album called El Arte del Sabor (The Art of Flavor). The album featured traditional Cuban melodies. The album won a 2002 Latin Grammy Award for teh best tropical album, and a Grammy Award for the best traditional tropical album.
Here is a piece called Priquitín Pin Pon played by Bebo Valdes (piano), Israel López “Cachao” (double bass), Carlos Patato Valdés (conga, percussion), and guest musician Paquito D’Rivera (clarinet, saxophone).